Sun Valley Gun Club
10 p.m. Friday, April 15
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This upstart act has several benchmarks: loosey-goosey indie rock that’s overflowing with deliberate percussion, irreverent lyrics and enough guitar hooks to kill a horse. The group celebrates the release of its self-titled album. With the Albert Square. 1910 Q St., Sacramento. Free. www.pourhousesacramento.com.
Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra
9 p.m. Thursday, April 21
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
No matter what the calendar indicates, it’s unofficially summertime when the music fires up on Sophia’s deliciously cozy outdoor patio, with weekend shows running all season long. Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra have the honor of leading things off with their effervescent, jazz-tingled folk soul chops, much like a less-grizzled Tom Waits. With Austin Quattlebaum. 129 E St., Davis. $7 advance, $10 door. www.sophiasthaikitchen.com.
6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16
Auburn Event Center
These days, the North Bay Area and the summer festival circuit seem well tuned in to effervescent Americana rock act Midnight North, led by Grahame Lesh, son of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. While the Dead roots are obvious, this is no knockoff act, and the future is gleaming bright. With the Kitchen Dwellers. 145 Elm Ave, Auburn. $16.50.
Looking ahead: John Prine. May 18 at the Crest Theatre
One of the planet’s consummate singer/songwriters from the past four decades returns to the Crest Theatre with the legendary and indelible Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. 1013 K St., Sacramento. $67-$92. www.crestsacramento.com